Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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How is Heathcliff succeeding in his revenge in Wuthering Heights?

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Heathcliff succeeds in avenging himself against Hindley, who degraded him so much that Catherine could not think of marrying him. Hindley, an alcoholic, is addicted to gambling by the time Heathcliff returns as a gentleman after three years' absence. Heathcliff is able, through gambling with him, to win Wuthering Heights. After Hindley dies, Heathcliff raises Hindley's son, Hareton, to be farm hand to further revenge himself on Hindley, not even teaching Hareton to read but teaching him to curse.

Heathcliff marries Isabella to revenge himself on Edgar, and he also masterminds the marriage of Linton's beloved daughter, Cathy, with his own and Isabella's sickly son, Linton, another act of revenge against Edgar Linton. After Linton Heathcliff dies, Heathcliff keeps the young Cathy at Wuthering Heights and treats her poorly.

However, by the end of the novel, Heathcliff loses his will for revenge and doesn't destroy the growing love between Cathy and Hareton. He says he sees himself in the...

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